France: UNESCO Convention against Discrimination consultation takes stock of Education 2030 progress

Paris, France (PANA) - Following the launch of the 9th Consultation of Member States on the measures taken to implement the Convention against Discrimination in Education in 2016, 66 member states have submitted their national reports to UNESCO.

According to the media outlet of the organization, the Convention, which celebrated its 55th anniversary in 2015, reflects UNESCO’s constitutional mission to build collaboration among nations to “advance the ideal of equality of educational opportunities without regard to race, sex or any distinctions, economic or social”.

The purpose of this international legal instrument, a cornerstone of the Education 2030 Agenda, is not only the elimination of discrimination in education, but also the adoption of concrete measures aimed at promoting equality of opportunities and treatment in this field. It covers the right to education comprehensively.

The objective of the Consultation is to illustrate actions taken by countries to implement the Convention, take stock of progress and identify the difficulties and challenges across nations.

The results of the 9th Consultation will be submitted to UNESCO’s Governing Bodies later in 2017.

Civil society organisations have been encouraged to approach national authorities, work with them and mobilize their networks so that the process is participatory and involves relevant stakeholders.

The monitoring of the right to education in the context of Education 2030 and the Sustainable Development Agenda is of crucial importance to guarantee government accountability and transparency.
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08 april 2017 07:57:43

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